Smith leads Hawks past Sixers
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Josh Smith scored 26 points and cleared a
career-high 17 boards as Atlanta trounced Philadelphia, 104-92, snapping the
Sixers’ seven-game winning streak.
Josh Childress and Zaza Pachulia each had 15 points, and Pachulia added 10
rebounds for the Hawks, who have won their last four games following a six-
game slide. Marvin Williams chipped in with 14 points, while Anthony Johnson
and Tyronn Lue added 10 apiece.
Andre Iguodala had a team-high 18 points for Philadelphia, which was riding
its longest winning streak in four years. Rodney Carney donated 15 points off
the bench, while Kyle Korver and Louis Williams added 13 apiece. Andre Miller
also scored 10 points for the Sixers.
“We knew eventually we were going to get beat,” said Korver. “I mean, it was a
good streak. I thought we learned a lot, and we grew a lot as a team. Now we
start over and we have another game tomorrow. The teams that we’re going to
play and the level of competition (coming up) is going to be greater. We’re
going to have to be really focused to win these next few. We’ve shown that
we’re capable of it. We’ve beat some of the best teams and we’ve lost to the
Atlanta opened the game on a 13-4 run, ignited by a jump shot from Johnson,
followed by a Smith layup and three consecutive baskets — two jumpers
sandwiching a long three — from Williams. Smith capped the stretch with a
dunk at 7:44.
The Sixers momentarily stopped the bleeding on back-to-back jumpers from
Samuel Dalembert and Iguodala, but the Atlanta lead quickly grew to 20-8 on
Childress’ driving layup at 5:26.
Philadelphia rallied and trailed by nine, 31-22, at the end of the first
The Hawks outscored the Sixers 27-21 in the second frame — with the lead
ballooning to 15 on a pair of Childress free throws at 5:12 — and eventually
carried a 58-43 lead into the break.
A persistent Atlanta offense continued to dominate in the third, and the Hawks
led 79-50 following a 19-3 burst, capped by a Smith layup at 3:50.
Atlanta closed out the third on a 6-2 run and led 86-64 heading to the fourth
The Sixers showed signs of life down the stretch, but only managed to close
the gap to 12 with under 20 seconds remaining in the contest.
“We just gotta focus and keep this winning streak going,” said Smith after the
game. “We gotta go up to Boston and Indiana and try to make some noise, and
try to win those games and try to creep into the eighth spot.”
Smith has a team-high 24 double-doubles this season, while Pachulia racked up
his 11th…The last time the Sixers had a winning streak longer than seven
games was from February 12-March 2, 2003, when they won nine in a row…
Iguodala averaged 25 points during the winning streak for Philadelphia…The
Sixers lead the season series, 2-1. The teams meet one more time this
season in the City of Brotherly Love…Hawks leading scorer Joe Johnson missed
his fourth straight game. Johnson bruised his right calf in a loss to Miami on
March 5 and is listed as day-to-day.